Before anything else- tonight there is a Cropshare social at 19:30 the Kingston Arms, so head on down there if you're interested in a natter to see what they do. In other social news, the Transition Uptown Social is this Wednesday lunchtime, starting at 12:30. And if that wasn't enough, then next Monday (the 13th) there's an Energy Group meeting at 20:00, then the Monday (the 20th) after that there's a TC Hub Meeting at the Six Bells, starting at 19:00. 19.30-20.30 will be discussing TC things, then after that a good informal chat and catch-up.
If, however, you'd rather do something a bit more hands-on than talking, there's a Repair Cafe in Ely on Monday 13th between 10:00 and 14:00, or you can help build nestboxes in Trumpington Meadows on the 17th, attend another Repair Cafe (though this time in Histon) on the 4th March, or take advantage of a fully equipped bicycle workshop (we like bikes), courtesy of Outspoken Cycles. If you're interested, check out their workshop page!
Right, onwards and upwards:
19:30, Kingston Arms, 33 Kingston Street CB1 2NU
Winter's a quiet time on the farm, so time to get social in the pub! Come along if you're a Cropsharer, or if you want to meet some of the Cropshare folk and find out a bit more about it. More info about Cropshare here and info about the Kingston Arms here.
12:30-13:30, Daily Bread
A Transition social for people who happen to be in the frozen North of Cambridge. All welcome. Although it's lunchtime there isn't a massive range of lunchable foods here so you may want to bring something extra or eat first.
20:00-21:30, Margaret's place, Oxford Road
First Emma Davies from Cambridge City Council will give us an update on the Council's proposed consequential improvements policy. Then Margaret will tell us about her online research course "CarbonLite Retrofit" by AECB (Association for Environment-Conscious Building) that she has been taking, and also about eco-retrofit in general. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
19:00-21:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge
Please join us for our next experimental new style Hub gathering, to catch up with projects and friends, meet new members and end with a bit of juicy networking over a drink! Come along for 7pm to meet other members, 7.30 -8.30pm: items for discussion:, 8.30pm onwards: networking and chat. All welcome, new TC members and familiar faces alike!
The CropShare Weeder project Crowdfunder is now live until 4th March. We're raising funds for a new piece of bespoke farm equipment designed by volunteer Reggie: a push-powered, lay-down weeder. Please have a look! Donations from £1 welcome. More details here.
14:00-15:00, Barnwell East Local Nature Reserve
Please join us on a show-and-tell session about toads and their life cycle with local herpetologist, Steve Allain. The Barnwell East site is inhabited by a large population of toads and is home to much more wildlife besides. We'll visit the pond and its recent works to improve the toad habitat; if we're lucky, we'll spot some toads and their spawn, before a wander around to learn more about other wildlife in the reserve. All welcome, please wear appropriate clothing (hats gloves wellies and/or waterproofs.) You can also help vulnerable toads in Oyster Row and Stanley road over the coming weeks, please visit the Facebook group, Saving Toads in Cambridge Cambs for details.
<b id="sip2017">Students Social Innovation Project</b> Over the next few weeks (up until mid March) you might bump into some Cambridge University students asking you to take part in a survey, or wanting a chat about your involvement with Transition Cambridge or to help them in some other way. We have asked them to do this and we hope you will help them if you can. The project is part of the Cambridge Hub Social Innovation Program and it is to our benefit too. More details here.
<b id="fyob2017">Fix Your Own Bike Workshops</b> Are you keen to fix your own bike but short on space or need a few specialist tools? Perhaps you'd just like some advice while you build up your own bike? A fully equipped training workshop, courtesy of Outspoken Cycles, is now open for you - currently Monday afternoon/evenings and soon also monthly Saturdays! We offer three levels of annual membership, Bronze (£20), Silver (£40) and Gold (£75), with decreasing hourly fees of £8/h, £6/h and £4/h. Members get access to a stand, tools, grease, lube, a library of bike manuals and expert advice from one of our qualified mechanics and of course plenty of coffee. Membership also gives you 10% discount on all workshop supplies, tools and repairs. Click here for more info --> More details here.
10:00-14:00, Ely Cathedral Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely. CB7 4EW
Cambridge Carbon Footprint is teaming up with Amey and Cambridgeshire County Council to run Ely's very first Repair Cafe as part of a February half-term's Eco Family Funday. This event is supported by the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network. The Repair Cafe welcomes small household appliances - electrical items - computers - mobile phones - bicycles - clothes - gadgets and general bits'n'bobs. It's best to book your item in by emailing Amey Please tell us what the item is and a bit about the problem (if you know). You'll be sent a time slot but you can also drop in on the day. Other activities on the day include arts and crafts, the chance to become a superworm composter, a treasure bug hunt, real nappy stall etc. More details here.
11:00-15:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve, Grantchester Road, CB2 9LH
Help us build nest boxes for Trumpington Meadows nature reserve, as part of the BTOs National Nest Box Week. We want to make homes for house sparrows, blue tits and great tits, and our big project is to complete a large box for barn owls. You can also pick up a kit to make and take home, and make a bird feeder. Great fun for both adults and children. More details here.
18:45-21:15, Ely Cathedral
The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is hosting an evening of discussion and debate, exploring key issues relating to the impacts of climate change on the Ouse Washes Landscape. Experts representing the perspectives of different land-use interests - including business and communities, conservation, farming and water management - will discuss ways of adapting to those changes, and consider whether there can be a resilient future for the Ouse Washes Landscape. Please RSVPby 14th Feb More details here.
19:30-19:30, Cambridge and Online
The new Cambridge Climate Lecture Series will bring world leading climate change experts to a global audience with an emphasis on finding positive solutions to the challenges we face. The series will be live-streamed with participation via social media using #CCLS2017. This year's theme 'Climate Numbers in Context' is a tribute to Professor Sir David MacKay and the central idea in his 2008 book Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air that whatever path we take 'we need a plan that adds up'. CCLS2017 consists of: 23rd February: Baroness Bryony Worthington - 'Climate change - a race between physics and politics' 2nd March: Anthony Hobley - '2C Roadmap based on financial analysis' 9th March: Professor Kevin Anderson - 'Paris, climate and surrealism: how numbers reveal an alternate reality' 16th March: Panel discussion with Sir Martin Rees, Bryony Worthington, Anthony Hobley and Kevin Anderson - 'COP21 to zero carbon emissions' Go to www.climateseries.com for more details including the live-streaming link and local live audience tickets.
10:30-13:30, St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon Cambridge
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can bring along the following to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repair skills at the same time: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. Please book your item in by emailing telling us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!), or you can turn up on the day. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. More details here.
09:00-09:00, various in and around Cambridge
The Science Festival is back - this year the theme is 'getting personal.' There are talks, hands-on sessions, films, tours and more - and most events are free. Topics you may find interesting include climate change, circular economy, food, nature... Bookings open on 20th February; you can find more info and the programme here.
18:30-21:00, The Perse School Hills Road Cambridge CB2 8QF
The Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations (FeCRA) invite you to their AGM Event. One of Britain's most respected landscape and urban designers, Kim Wilkie, will give a talk on 'The Happy City': A Landscape for the 21st Century. This will be followed by a panel discussion. Wine & refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge and open to FeCRA members and non members alike. Please sign up using Eventbrite here.
18:00-20:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge
As many of you will know, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are becoming a devolved region, to be run by an elected mayor from May 2017. Do you want cleaner air? Better, cheaper trains and busses? More energy efficient homes? More abundant nature? More action to prevent climate change? These are all questions on which the Mayor and the new combined authority will have a big say, because they will be responsible for housing and transport, and will have a big budget. This is why CCF and ARU are organising a "Hustings" so we can all probe the Mayoral candidates' views and plans for the environment, climate change and sustainability, show we care, and decide how to vote at the mayoral election in May 2017. It will be live-streamed to a linked event in Peterborough. It's free, but booking is recommended More details here.
Have a great week
Jonathan and the Bulletineers